belgorod – белгород

Belgorod was founded in 1596.  It is mostly known as one of the cities involved into the Battle of the Kursk Bulge (5 July - 5 August 1943). The Red Army won a very important victory. It was the last attempt of the Hitler coalition to launch a large scale offensive in the eastern front. From July 1943 they only retreated back to Berlin.

Belgorod literally means "a white town"

Prince Vladimir who in the year 988 introduced Christianity in the ancient Russia.

The Belgorod Hotel in the central square.

The drama theatre.

Next to the theatre stands a monument to Mikhail Shchepkin the most famous actor of the 19th century Russia.

The statue of Lenin in front of the Belgorod Oblast administration was dismantled on March 13, 2013 and replaced with a stela called "a sign of combat glory". The view before March 13, 2013.

The view after March 13, 2013.

Marshal Zhukov the most outstanding Soviet military leader in the WWII.

Belgorod kids walking in the park.

Frank Rainer from California is picturing cute Belgorod kids.

The Diorama of the Kursk Bulge Battle.

The suitcase or shuttle trader was a very popular occupation in Russia in the 1990s.

Belgorod lovely girls

BELGOROD oblast – БЕЛГОРОДская область

prokhorovka – прохоровка

The largest and the most fierce tank battle in the WWII took place July 12, 1943 near the village of Prokhorovka in the territory of the Belgorod oblast. 1,200 German and Soviet tanks clashed here shooting, ramming and burning each other. Currently the place is marked with a memorial and a big museum. In the museum for some rubles you can enjoy a tank battle simulator.

Three most prominent military leaders: Marshal Zhukov - WWII; Field marshal Kutuzov - Napoleonic wars; Prince Dmitry Donskoy - the 1380 Kulikovo Field Battle (See Tula Page).

The Kursk Battle Museum.

The Armour Museum.

The Saint Peter and Paul Church next to the museums was commissioned in 1995.

The church was consecrated by the then Patriarch Alexei II.